Everyone knows that if you’re looking for the best wineries in the country you should head directly for sunny Florida. Wait… what? This may surprise many readers, but the land of orange groves and sandy shores actually has a strong reputation for fine wines. Pumping out all vintages and types, from rich cabernets to sweet Rieslings, Florida’s wine scene continues to improve each year.
If you’re looking for a smart way to protect a sun burn, or just spend a day away from the ocean, consider a trip to one of Florida’s top wineries. We’ve narrowed down all of the state’s options to this group of 13 FloridaRentals.com award-winners. They were selected based on tasting rooms, wines produced, customer service, and more. Congratulations to all that made our list, and to you future Florida travelers, stop in and sip at any of these choices on your next visit.
Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards 19239 U.S. 27 North | Clermont, FL
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside some 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. This area was once the center of the State’s grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of premium and sparkling wines.
Schnebly Redland’s Winery 30205 S.W. 217th Avenue | Homestead, FL
Come check out Schnebly Winery’s large tasting room. It features a strikingly beautiful tasting bar, shadowed by a tree-like glass rack. When you begin to appreciate the architecture of the Grand Tasting Room, you will catch a glimpse of the detailed mural located on the ceiling. As you enter the grandiose double doors of Schnebly winery, the lush courtyard and natural coral waterfalls will provide a backdrop for an unforgettable afternoon wine tasting.
Quantum Leap Winery 1312 Wilfred Drive | Orlando, FL
The Quantum Leap Winery model is to search for good quality, sustainably grown wine, wherever it is around the world but to transport it in large vessels to the Orlando winery. It is in this facility where wine will be stored, finished, blended and packaged. Jill and David know this process substantially reduces the carbon footprint associated with traditional wine production.
Quantum Leap’s vision and evolution includes that beyond bottling wine locally, Quantum Leap wines will be packaged in low carbon footprint vessels such as kegs, pouches or boxes. These environmentally conscious practices offer consumers the unique pleasure of enjoying quality wine from a local winery while also respecting the environment.
Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery 364 Hugh Adams Rd. | Defuniak Springs, FL
Enjoy free samples of each of the wineries products any day of the week. Their tasting room overlooks their bottling facility. Here you will be able to see machinery, which includes stainless steel vats and press. While sampling wines, you will learn more about the wine making process. Harvest season is August – September, so be sure to stop in during this time to see the process live. For parties consisting of 10 or more, please contact the winery in advance to ensure your group can be accommodated.
Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery 8905 Bunker Hill Road | Bunker Hill, FL
Stop in to the Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery for two reasons: the delicious wines and jellies, and the unforgettable owners. Larry and Lenora truly care about the product they’re crafting here, and they care even more about running an environmentally-friendly company. All guests are greeted with a smile, warm hug, and as much information about the wine-making process as desired. You won’t regret a visit to Bunker Hill, and it just might change your life.
Florida Orange Groves Winery 1500 Pasadena Avenue South | St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Orange Groves Winery, is a third generation, family owned and operated, tropical fruit winery. They started out shipping and packing fresh citrus in the early 1970’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. Eventually the owners grew the operation to include retail sales of fresh squeezed juice plus a gift shop. They started experimenting with fruit wines over 13 years ago and now are a 100% fully operational working winery. Today they produce over 43 different varieties of premium tropical fruit wines, all of which are gluten free! The Key Lime, Hurricane White Sangria, and Mango Mamma wines have won many awards. Come on in and try their award winning tropical fruit wines and you too will be saying “Finally! Wines that taste good!”
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard 4250 County Road 675 E | Bradenton, FL
Fiorelli Winery produces six to ten different wines on a yearly basis. Our dry red wines resemble classic dry reds such as malbecs and pino noirs to the palate. Our dry whites resemble white Pino grigio wines with their floral accents.
Strong Tower Vineyard 17810 Forge Dr. | Spring Hill, FL
Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery is a certified Florida Farm Winery. They’ve planted and grown three very carefully chosen grape varieties, from which all their wines are created. These selections consist of the prized and delicate smaller rich Norton (Cynthiana), the flavored sweetness of the Ison and Carlos Muscadines and when in season blueberry and sweet blueberry, strawberry & watermelon wines. You will enjoy your walk to the vineyard when you visit. You can smell the wine on the vines. Come, visit and taste wines in the tasting room, tour the processing and vineyard, or perhaps enjoy sitting out on the veranda.
Keel and Curley Winery 5210 Thonotosassa Rd | Plant City, FL
Keel and Curley Winery was started in spring of 2003 in the kitchen of founder and owner, Joe Keel. Keel, a central Florida blueberry farmer, wanted to find something to do with his end of crop blueberries. He decided blueberry wine would be interesting and dabbled with his creation in the family farm house kitchen. He started that spring of 2003 with 10 gallons of blueberry wine. The wine came out okay, but drinkable. So he made 10 more gallons and it got better each time, until it turned into the unique and charming flavors that Keel & Curley is known for today. So was the beginning of a company that produces over 20,000 cases of quality wines a year. Keel and Curley Winery, produces three types of Blueberry wines, each with a very distinct taste. The first is a sweet wine, the second, a semi-dry wine, and the third, a dry wine. All three wines are made from 100% blueberries.
Whispering Oaks Winery 10934 County Rd 475 | Oxford, FL
Blessed with a pioneering spirit the Vanderwey and Coulson clan has united to create a unique blend of Organic vino. Their product is created with fresh blueberries harvested and fermented with care to create a unique table wine that is far from ordinary.
Florida Estates Winery 25241 State Road 52 | Land O’ Lakes, FL
Following a twenty-five year history of involvement with the wine industry and the viticulture research activities of the University of Florida, Florida Estates Winery opened its doors to the public in December 2001. Florida Estates Winery is Florida’s premium winery, producing world class wines from the best of Florida’s fine bunch wine grapes, combined with wines from the world’s finest wine producing areas. The winery is open to the general public for conducted tastings and sales. Picnics are welcome.
Bluefield Estate Winery 22 NE CR 234 | Gainesville, FL
Bluefield Estate is a family owned winery in the heart of north central Florida. Located on the eastside of Gainesville, one mile East of Newnan’s lake in a small community known as Windsor, which was to be the original location of the University of Florida. In the early summer of 2006, as a new energetic couple, Jennifer and Bradley Ferguson starting making wine in their kitchen out of the blueberries produced on the family farm after the commercial harvest was complete. After sharing it with friends and family, and the repetitive suggestions of starting a winery, they decided to go for it. This was the beginning of Bluefield Estate Winery. It has been a long and slow process going from the hobby of home-winemaking to a commercial winery. They specialize in blueberry wines and muscadine grape wines, but also make wines made from popular grape varietals with a fruity twist.
Murielle Winery 13131 56th Ct, Suite 305 | Clearwater, FL
Welcome to Murielle Winery. This family owned and operated boutique winery located in Clearwater, Florida specializes in wines that begin with some of the finest and most premium grapes available, blended with taste-tempting fruits for truly unique flavors. They’re known for delicious wines and for the gorgeous custom labels provided for special orders. Their wine-tasting opportunities have made Murielle Winery one of the top ten places to visit in Clearwater.